The Secret Thoughts They Don't Tell You

The Secret Thoughts They Don't Tell You

“I’d give anything to be inside his head for one second!”

I’ll never forget hearing my friend say this about her son, who like many of our children, just isn’t a talker. Most of the time, she really has no clue what he is thinking, or what’s really going on in his life. And it drives her CRAZY.

And then there are our kids who tell us everything.  Maybe more than we really even care to know at times. Stuff we often would rather not have heard about…

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Freedom Isn't Free

Freedom Isn't Free

Late last night my son crawled in my bed, terrorized by a bad dream.

He was so stricken with fear his body was shaking. He didn’t want to go back to sleep, because every time he closed his eyes the horrific images and voices reappeared. He begged me to turn on a light; because the dark held him utterly captive to his terrifying nightmare.

Sadly, I have to admit I took the lazy approach at first…

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Your Words Matter

Your Words Matter

Your words matter.

This has been one of my favorite truths for as long as I’ve known it, although I can’t remember who first shared it with me. I certainly have memories of my mom correcting me when I was younger, and me being ugly to my younger sisters. (Sorry, sisters.) However, it wasn’t until I got married and had children that I fully understood what this meant…

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Made For This

Made For This

Last summer, I visited Magnolia Market for the very first time. If you haven’t heard of Magnolia, it’s become a famous home decor store in Waco, Texas, owned by the even more famous couple Chip and Joanna Gaines.

And if you haven’t heard of Chip and Joanna, they've won a place in the hearts of human beings all over the world through their endearing TV series “Fixer Upper”… 

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Top Five Lies Moms Hear at the End of the School Year

Top Five Lies Moms Hear at the End of the School Year

Ok, so maybe this blog should be called “the top 5 lies Jenny Klement hears at the end of the school year”, because it’s true.  But I have a feeling I’m not the only one. ;) 

Some call it May madness. The nonstop activity that fills our schedules - and our psyches too.

This crazy busy time of the year can bring such a flood of emotions into the heart of a mom…

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Dear Stef, The Only Way I Know to Let Go...

Dear Stef, The Only Way I Know to Let Go...

Dear Stef,

When I read your letter to me last week, my heart swirled with a flood emotions. Ok, so maybe I do have a few more years on you, sister, but more years haven’t made saying goodbye any easier for this fragile-hearted mama. They’ve just given me more practice.

As I read along, following the beat of your heart with every word you’d written, one phrase kept playing over and over in my head… 

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Retraining My Brain: Growing in Chastity

Retraining My Brain: Growing in Chastity

If you’ve read my most recent blogs, you know I’m in the middle of a dream remodeling project taking place in my home. When our general contractor recently texted me, however, that the downstairs toilet was leaking water just inches away from 1,000 square feet of newly installed hardwood floors - I thought I was living a nightmare.

Naturally, I hissed a big four letter word (that’s slightly stronger than), “CRAP!”...

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Something Greater

Something Greater

My husband and I sat side-by-side in the counselor’s office. I had scheduled the appointment to get some guidance about a nagging concern I had for one of our kids.

Kurt agreed to go, even though he didn’t really feel my same level of concern - which is pretty much the story of our marriage. He’s “Mr. chill and laid back”; and me, well, I worry enough for the both of us...

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Story of Seasons

Story of Seasons

As we drove to church this past Good Friday, a few of my kids grumbled in the car, “I still don’t understand why we have to go to church again. Today is our day off - I just want to do something FUN!”

Their complaints continued with heavy sighs, “We literally just went last night (Holy Thursday), and we’re going again on Sunday, so why can’t we just skip today?”...

 

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Renovating a Mother's Heart - Part II

Renovating a Mother's Heart - Part II

My life’s a mess.

Literally.

I, along with my husband and four young kids, have survived our second full week of our massive home remodel. If you remember from Renovating a Mother’s Heart - Part I, this project includes gutting and remodeling our entire downstairs. We’re talking the whole enchilada - floors, counters, cabinets, paint, and a dozen other custom projects...

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Stand in Wonder

Stand in Wonder

The tension was growing between us - between me and that strong, firstborn son of mine.  

As a young mom I was hardest on him, because he was my first. I could see myself projecting my own destructive perfectionism onto that precious boy, and I hated it. The bar was too high, and it had to come down. This was not the mom I wanted to be, and I knew something had to change.

I knew I needed to change; I just wasn’t sure how... 

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